Dec 5, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT
The San Jose Sharks didn’t live up to the billing levied upon them by Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.
The Sharks gave up four goals in the second period and lost to the Penguins by a final score of 5-1 on Thursday, not long after Bylsma heaped praise on them for being the “best team in the league right now.”
Sidney Crosby, who many would state is the best player in the world, had three assists to lead the Penguins’ offensive attack. He now has a league-leading 41 points on the season.
The Penguins erupted for four goals in the second period, chasing Antti Niemi from the San Jose net. Interesting, because the Sharks had 24 shots in the middle frame, but scored only once.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 44 saves for his 16th win of the season.
Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, who opened the scoring, played only two shifts in the second period, and didn’t see the ice after that. So far, there has been no explanation as to why he left the game.
- Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight 0
- Holtby outduels Lundqvist as Caps take series lead 44
- WATCH LIVE: Rangers at Capitals 3
- Red Wings’ Devellano calls Mantha ‘very, very, very disappointing’ 61
- End of an era in New Jersey as Shero replaces Lamoriello as GM 26
- Once again, Rick Nash isn’t scoring in the playoffs 25
- Video: U.S. stays unbeaten at Worlds with win over defending champs Russia 9
- Andersen shuts out Flames as Ducks stay perfect in playoffs 6
- Wild can’t contain ‘Hawks star forwards in Game 2 44
- Prust blasts referee Watson after getting tossed from Game 2 29
- Niklas Kronwall suspended for Game 7 vs. Tampa Bay (116)
- Vigneault: ‘Standards have been set’ after Ovechkin, Backstrom hits (103)
- Lightning’s Bishop silences Red Wings in hard fought Game 7 (81)
- ‘You can’t win,’ ex-NHL ref Fraser says of Prust incident (80)
- Babcock won’t discuss future yet, but sees challenges ahead for Wings (78)